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Born in Stuttgart, Robert Aldwin Schlumberger (1814-1879) was the founder of the famous Austrian winery. He learned the art of making champagne at the oldest champagne house Ruinart Père et Fils in Reims. He met his future wife Sophie Kirchner during a trip to the Rhine, gave up his secure position in Reims and moved to Vienna in 1842. In a cellar in the Viennese district of Josefstadt he made his first attempts with Lower Austrian wines. In 1843 he acquired his first vineyards like the Goldeck vineyard in Bad Vöslau in the Thermenregion, which still exists today. There he was the first to plant the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for red wines in barriques in the heartland of Austria.

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